Friday, December 8, 2017

Israel bombs Gaza on 'Day of Rage', 25 Palestinians injured

GAZA - At least 25 Palestinians, including six children, were injured after the Israeli Air Force (IAF) bombed a target suspected of a Hamas base in Gaza. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said the air strikes were in retaliation for three rocket attacks launched from Gaza to the Jewish state on Friday.

"In response to projectiles fired into Israel from Gaza today, the IAF plane is targeting a Hamas training complex and an ammunition warehouse in the Gaza Strip," the IDF statement said on Twitter.

"The IDF holds Hamas to be responsible for all hostile actions against Israel originating from the Gaza Strip," continued the IDF.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health, confirmed Saturday that at least 25 Palestinians were wounded in Israeli attacks, including six children.

The rocket attack from Gaza comes after Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new intifada as a resistance to a US decision that officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The first rocket was destroyed by the Iron Dome missile defense system, while the second triggered the activation of warning sirens at Sha'ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev, Hof Ashkelon and Eshkol, as well as the City of Sderot. The second projectile failed to achieve its goal.

According to the IDF, warnings about the potential for more rocket attacks could soon follow. The IDF recommends that Israelis remain near protected spaces.

The suggestion is claimed to prove useful after the third rocket was launched from Gaza on Friday night. The Iron Dome failed to intercept the projectile and the weapon exploded in the town of Sderot, home to about 25,000 Israelis. While no casualties were reported on the Israeli side, the weapons from Gaza destroyed several cars parked on the streets.

"There was a huge explosion. I heard broken glass and then (sounded) car alarm. The walls of my house vibrate. I did not dare leave the shelter, "said a woman living in Sderot told Ynet news agency.

The rocket attacks on Israel were only part of a manifestation of Palestinian anger that erupted on Wednesday after Donald Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's decision triggered a violent clash between Israeli troops and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank yesterday. Data to this day say, two Palestinians were killed and dozens more injured.